CHICAGO, January 25, 2023 – Chicago’s Very Own WGN-TV will air “Your Local Election Headquarters: Chicago Mayoral Forum” with candidates for Chicago mayor on Tuesday, January 31 from 7-8:30pm CT, LIVE from Steinmetz College Prep.  WGN News anchors Lourdes Duarte and Tahman Bradley will moderate the forum of current candidates running to be the next mayor of Chicago.  The broadcast is presented by AARP Chicago. The forum will be seen live and commercial-free on WGN-TV; the WGN+ TV streaming app on RokuAmazon Fire TV and Apple TV; online at and the WGN News mobile app.  It will also be simulcast on WGN Radio 720 AM. Viewers can follow @WGNNews on Twitter for real-time updates and join the conversation with the hashtag #WGNElection

The following candidates are confirmed to appear:

  • Kam Buckner, member of the Illinois House of Representatives, 26th District
  • Jesús “Chuy” García, member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District
  • Ja’Mal Green, community activist and President of My Turn to Own
  • Brandon Johnson, Cook County Board Commissioner, 1st District
  • Sophia King, Alderman of Chicago’s 4th Ward
  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot
  • Roderick Sawyer, Alderman of Chicago’s 6th Ward
  • Paul Vallas, former CEO of Chicago Public Schools
  • Willie Wilson, businessman and philanthropist

Following the forum, WGN News will also present “Chicago Mayoral Post-Forum Special” LIVE from 8:30-9pm CT on all aforementioned WGN-TV platforms.  The half-hour analysis of the forum will be anchored by WGN News anchors Micah Materre and Ray Cortopassi with WGN political analyst Paul Lisnek.

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